3 reasons Rams should target Earl Thomas on free agent market
This past season was wonderful for the Los Angeles Rams. Earl Thomas would help this make this season great, too.
During the regular season, they finished 13-3. Head coach Sean McVay led the team to the Super Bowl. Even though, they weren’t able to capture the Lombardi trophy, they still showed that they deserve some due respect.
The Rams, even though they had one of the best offenses in the league, need to work on their defense. Their pass-rush was excellent. However, oftentimes the secondary couldn’t capitalize on pressures. Bringing in Thomas this offseason just makes too much sense. Here are three reasons why the team needs to target Thomas.
1.) The Rams need depth in their secondary.
The Rams do have a pretty solid secondary. Even though, Marcus Peters had an off-season, his inconsistency didn’t hurt them in the long run. Josh Johnson III had a wonderful season at free safety, picking off four passes and breaking up seven others. Nickell Robey-Coleman is one of the best nickel backs in the entire league.
What the team sorely missed is a safety who can play in the box and in the secondary. Some safeties have become hybrid linebackers or just a pure drop back safety. Having someone who can do both would add much-needed versatility to the defensive scheme. Earl Thomas does that.
2.) Thomas brings playoff experience.
The nine year-veteran has had plenty of postseason play over the past decade. During the era of the “Legion of Doom,” Thomas would always be there to clean up plays on the second level. His impact has always been unheralded.
He’s played in 12 playoff games during his entire career and has wonderful production during that span. He’s totaled 82 tackles, nine pass deflections, and two interceptions. The former Super Bowl champion brings an excellent resume to whatever team he joins.
3.) Thomas is consistent.
Outside of last season, where he only played four games due to injury, Thomas can be trusted. He’s produced well year in and year out.
Over his entire career, he’s totaled over 28 interceptions, 67 pass deflections, and has had over 75 tackles five times. He’s had over 100 tackles twice. He’s been so impactful his entire career, and only injuries have held him back.
With sharing a load with Johnson III, he wouldn’t need to worry about his health. He could be used less and more efficiently with another elite level-safety on the roster.